The Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for sentencing modern slavery offences, after consultation on the proposed guidelines earlier this year.

PRT provided detailed evidence to the consultation on the proposed guideline and welcome publication of the new guideline.

In particular, we are pleased to see changes made by the Council to the guideline include two recommendations put forward in PRT evidence to the consultation:

  • The guideline now recognises previous victimisation as a factor indicating reduced culpability (this change is based on a recommendation made by the Sentencing Academy and supported by PRT)
  • The guideline now has reduced sentencing levels including more options for community penalties at the lower end of culpability and harm

Our full submission to the Council’s consultation is available here.

The Council’s response to the consultation is available here.